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My First Kwanzaa

My First Kwanzaa

My First Holiday

Karen Katz; illustrations by Karen Katz

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa

"Hooray! Hooray!
It's time to get ready for Kwanzaa."

During the seven days of Kwanzaa we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in!

Author and illustrator Karen Katz kicks off a wonderful new series of picture books for the very young with My First Kwanzaa. The series will offer a simple and fun way to get familiar with the traditions of holiday celebrations from different cultures.


Praise for My First Kwanzaa

“The perfect introduction to Kwanza for the younger set.” —Black Issues Book Review

“The specifics, the simple words, and the active pictures combine to convey the wider sense of community that is the essence of the holiday.” —Booklist

“A solid, sweet, and meaty choice for holiday reading.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The simple text and colorful folkloric illustrations with vivid patterns make this a good book to share with young children.” —School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Karen Katz; illustrations by Karen Katz

Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby's Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena into their lives. Katz loves to paint and experiment with texture, color, collage and pattern. Besides an author and illustrator, she has been a costume designer, quilt maker, fabric artist and graphic designer. Katz and her family divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York.

Karen Katz

Karen Katz

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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